This class will be taught online and you can take part from the comfort of your own home. The RCS campus is open with a limited capacity for degree students only to ensure a safe learning environment for all.

This course is currently sold out and not open to new bookings. Please register for the mailing list for details of future comedy writing classes.

This 10-week online course for people age 16+ is designed for those who want to make the world laugh by writing comedy for stage and screen. The course will offer information and instruction in the art of comedy writing across three main art forms: Stand Up, Sketch Comedy and Sit-Com.

By examining classic comedy sketch shows and internet sensations, you will develop an understanding of the building blocks of comedy writing and how to translate your ideas from script to stage and screen.

The course will include:

  • The theories of comedy
  • The structural demands of the three different forms
  • Discussion of the skills required in the creation of material for these forms
  • Differences between Gags and Jokes and how to write both
  • How to go about creating stand up routines
  • Analysis of the different types of techniques employed in stand up
  • Sketches idea generation, and creation of a group of sketches.
  • Being able to identify the recurring elements across sitcom, in terms of both premise and archetypes.
  • Creation of 5-10 pages of a sitcom script.

By the end of the course, you will have created a portfolio of comedy material and will have received peer and tutor feedback on your ideas.

Teaching methods include online lectures, self-directed writing exercises (leading to the creation of material), class discussions, group feedback, and analysis of video and radio examples.

Please see How Does an Online Course Work? section for information about how the course will run and what you need to do in advance. When booking the course you will be asked to agree that you have read and understood our Pre-HE OnlineTeaching Policy.

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